On Saturday 5 July 2008 the French town of Vatan was the scene of the 6th annual meeting of a rather peculiar association: the Association des communes de France aux noms burlesques et chantants, the Association of French municipalities with burlesque and melodious names. Here’s our list of favorite funny town names in France:
According to our sources not an actual member of the association, but too good not to mention. This lovely town of 7,000 inhabitants is situated in the South of France in the region of Midi-Pyrenees, about 120 km north-west of Toulouse. Coincidentally, the town of Condom is on the river Baïse which in French without the dots on the i is the not-so-sophisticated word for the sex act.
Monteton literally means “My Tit” in French. This tiny little town only has around 230 inhabitants and is situated in the Aquitaine region in the South of France.
The French word for Swindle is spelled arnaque but is pronounced the same way as the arnac spelling. This town is literally called “Holy Swindle“. The town of Saint-Arnac is located in the very south of France, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region at 40 km west from Perpignan.
Don’t let the unwelcoming name of Vatan stop you from visiting it. Vatan means “Go away” in French and is located at about 50 km west of Bourges in Central France in the Loire Valley. Vatan was also the host town for the sixth annual meeting of French mayors of towns with funny names. Next year’s meeting will be held in the town of Bouzillé (“broken” or “ruined”), 55 km east of Nantes.